After 19 years honing her skill at other local hair studios, Doreen has opened up her own full-service salon in the heart of Addyman Square. Amid leather furniture and purple accents, Doreen and her highly trained stylists can transform tresses with Redken hair products or deftly shape nails with custom nail services. Clients can also solicit a personalized makeup session for an upcoming wedding, prom, or competitive eating contest.
Angel Tips has clearly built a fan base since opening its first location in 1996—the business has expanded to more than 60 locations in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Perhaps it's because each licensed staff member formally trains at the Angel Tips training center in Stamford, Connecticut, ensuring that each location employs skilled nailcare and waxing technicians. Their services include pedicures infused with fresh lemon, manicures with hand and shoulder massages, and upgraded manicures with durable, chip-resistant gel polish. They also perform facials and body treatments, such as a signature body scrub, which begins with a sauna session, continues with a dip in a jacuzzi, and finishes with an essential-oil massage.
Rainbow World Nail decks out finger shields with high-quality products by brands such as OPI, Color Club, and Essie. The modern nail salon also offers an array of high-tech equipment such as warm UV lights for fast nail drying, pedicure chairs that self disinfect themselves, and gas-powered nail clippers.
Despite being in business for more than 30 years, Young & Classy Hair Salon still has its finger on the pulse of modern fashion, staying abreast of all the latest trends and styles. As a result, clients benefit from both experience and from a contemporary eye. The team excels at haircuts, trims, and coloring procedures, as well as keratin treatments designed for hair that won't lay flat. Young & Classy's stylists also specialize in special events, creating styles and updos to prep any bride, bridesmaid, or spotlight-stealing organist for the big day.
The towering poppies on the walls of Fashion Diva Spa seem to emit enough tantalizing aromas to suit their size. Honey, green tea, and citrus scents waft throughout the red-and-white wonderland, whose furniture strikes a crisp, modern contrast to the flowers. The smells don't emanate from their painted blooms, however—they stem from the baths along a pedicure bench, from the adjacent nail stations, and from private treatment rooms, where hot herbal compresses and lava stones help massage therapists loosen muscular knots. Of course, they might also drift up from complimentary cups of hot or iced tea, a warmer greeting than a welcome mat that's been set aflame.
The combined nail salon and day spa pampers guests with luxurious services to match each alluring fragrance. Cocoa-perfumed cream softens legs during a chocolate pedicure, whereas a mix of essential oils colors the aromatherapy facial. The vitamin C in skincare masks and the kelp in body wraps evince the menu's reliance on natural ingredients—a commitment the staff honors with its mink eyelash extensions, whose strands were painlessly harvested by brushing live mink on Russian farms.
Additionally, a focus on customization transforms even the most everyday treatments. Aestheticians apply specialized formulas for different skin types during waxing and airbrush tanning appointments. On a personal level, the team makes a point of memorizing clients' names, fostering an atmosphere of congeniality and closeness without preceding every massage with a trust fall onto the table.
Hairstyling runs in the Vecca family. Giuseppe Vecca, co-owner of Salon Vivace with Joey Mannino, emigrated from Italy to the United States with his scissors in hand. He passed down his skills to his granddaughter Daniella, who works with him at the salon. She and the rest of the staff believe it's possible to keep hair healthy without harming animals, which is why they tame frizz using the Zerran RealLisse vegan hair-smoothing system. In addition to cuts and color, the stylists lengthen hair with SoCap hair extensions made from 100% natural human hair, which creates an enhancement as undetectable as a penguin crashing a wedding.